I don’t usually read Naharnet, and I rarely read anything by Gebran Twaini, but I was going over an editorial of his and read this remark:
“Any action against the government would be against the country and the people, and all those who back it would be collaborators in the war President Assad launched against Lebanon and its vocation.”
Does this qualify as “Takhwin” & “2irhab fikri”?
To our readers who don’t know Arabic, takhwin is the act of calling someone a traitor. The term was heavily used in the Syrian era because the authorities would label as “pro-Israel” or “pro-America” many people who went against their will.
2irhab fikri is literally “mental terrorizing”. Again the threat of the tag is sometimes enough terror to stop people from freely practicing their beliefs.